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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE MAJOR

Students interested in climate science, conservation, or environmental planning and policy are well suited to select Environmental Science as their major of study. This Bachelor of Science degree will produce professionals who can solve complex environmental challenges and sustainability issues at a time when the demand for experts in the field continues to grow.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Environmental Science major students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of foundational knowledge in the physical, chemical, and biological sciences pertaining to Earth’s systems and how they function

  2. Apply the scientific process by undertaking independent research on environmental issues using appropriate quantitative and qualitative research methods

  3. Articulate the complex nexus between humans and their environment, applying knowledge from disciplines such as history, economics, psychology, the arts, law, literature, politics, sociology, philosophy, and religious studies

  4. Effectively communicate environmental science in multiple forms, including written, oral, and visual, to diverse audiences (i.e. general public, policymakers, scientists)

  5. Articulate their individual values relative to sustainability and incorporate the perspectives of diverse cultures on a local to global scale

Honors in Environmental Science

To qualify for honors in Environmental Science the following criteria must be met:

  • Maintain a 3.5 GPA overall + 3.5 GPA in Environmental Science major

  • Complete application (Recommendation from faculty)

  • Complete the Science Communications course with B+ or better?

  • Complete Independent Research course with B+ or better

  • Complete Honors Research + Senior Honors Thesis (4 cr) with a B+ or better

Environmental Science Curriculum

Credits

PREREQUISITES:

BIOL 1055 Introduction to Organisms (includes Laboratory)

4

BIOL 1065 Introduction to Molecules and Cells (includes Laboratory)

4

 

8

REQUIREMENTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE MAJOR:

Core Requirements

BIOL 2300 Field Ecology (includes Laboratory)

4

BUS 2170 Environmental Economics

3

CHEM 2030/2130 Analytical Chemistry (includes Laboratory)

4

CHEM 2510/2610 Organic Chemistry I (includes Laboratory)

4

ENVS 2215 Environmental Science (includes Laboratory)

4

ENVS 2300 Geospatial Analysis

3

ENVS 3210 Advanced Environmental Science

3

ENVS 3500 Junior Seminar

ENVS 3900 Junior and Senior Seminar

2

ENVS 2900 or ENVS 4010

1 (minimum)

SOC/CJ 2505 Environmental Law, Crime & Justice

3

SOC 2090 Climate Justice

3

 

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Students must complete a minimum of 16 additional elective credits at the 2000/3000-level:

BIOL 2040/2140 Microbiology (includes Laboratory)

4

BIOL 2050 Animal Behavior

3

BIOL 2100 Genetics (includes Laboratory)

4

BIOL 2300 Bioinformatics

3

BIOL 2330 Aquatic Biology (includes Laboratory)

4

BIOL 3120 Evolution & Genomics

3

CHEM 2520/2620 Organic Chemistry II (includes Laboratory)

4

CHEM 3570/3670 Biochemistry I (includes Laboratory)

4

ENVS 2900 or ENVS 4010

3-6

MATH 3200 Mathematical Modeling

3

PRS 2410 Environmental Ethics

3

 

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REQUIREMENTS IN RELATED AREAS:

CHEM 1010/1110 Introductory Chemistry I (includes Laboratory)

4

CHEM 1020/1120 Introductory Chemistry II (includes Laboratory)

4

PHYS 2010 Introductory Physics I (includes Laboratory)

4

PHYS 2020 Introductory Physics II (includes Laboratory)

4

MATH 1150 Statistics I

3

MATH 2150 Statistics II

3

MATH 1190 College Algebra OR

 

MATH 2130 Calculus I

3

 

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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES MINOR

With the ever-increasing awareness of the impact of humans on the environment an informed citizenry is essential. The environmental studies minor is appropriate for students who wish to assume leadership roles in their communities, in business and government, and in conservation organizations. Students will acquire skills useful in the work place, including sampling techniques, collecting and understanding data, methods of effecting political change, and understanding regulatory compliance, with an emphasis on criticizing and synthesizing ideas and information.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge in the physical, chemical, and biological sciences pertaining to Earth’s systems and how they function

  • Effectively communicate environmental science concepts and policies in multiple forms, including written, oral, and visual, to diverse audiences (i.e. general public, policymakers, scientists)

  • Evaluate some of the scientific, social, political, economic and ethical reasons for and consequences of human influences on the environment

Required Courses

Credits

ENVS 2215 Environmental Science (includes Laboratory)

4

ENVS 3210 Advanced Environmental Science

3

SOC 2505 Environmental Law, Crime and Justice

3

Two elective courses from the below options

BIOL 2310 Field Ecology (includes Laboratory)

4

BIOL 2330 Aquatic Biology (includes Laboratory)

4

BUS 2170 Environmental Economics

3

CHEM 2030/2130 Analytical Chemistry (includes Laboratory)

4

ENVS 2300 Geospatial Analysis

3

ENVS 4010 Independent Research in Environmental Science

 

SOC 2090 Climate Justice

3

PRS 2410 Environmental Ethics

3

 

16-18

*alternatives may be discussed